Each November, as part of National Novel Writing Month, I challenge myself to write a fast novel based on this simple formula: Three characters, one who wants something very much.
“What’s it going to be this time?” my wife asked.
“I’m thinking about a Nobel Prize-winning economist who is really angry that rich corporate interests are warping government to make themselves richer. And his brother is a former CIA assassin. And, of course, there’s a girl.”
Wife stares blankly at me. “Sounds really boring.”
“Boring! Our whole mechanism of free enterprise is at risk from over-manipulation by capitalists and corrupt politicians, and that’s boring?”
“Even with a little CIA-style assassination thrown in?”
Wife stares with exasperation. “What’s the girl for?”
“Romance. I think maybe she’s an investigative reporter, also angry about the corporate takeover of our government.”
Wife shakes her head.
“I’ll show you. I’ll write it anyway.”
“You’re a grown up. You can do whatever you want.”
So I did. I wrote the first word November 1, 2013, and the last word of the first draft on February 8, 2014. With lots of research thrown into the mix of writing. And then several rounds of revisions after my editor and “Red Pen Brigade” of readers went through it. It’s finished the final proofreading stage as of September 17, 2014, is live for ebook pre-orders on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and txtr.com. Publication date is U.S. election day, November 4, 2014, in ebook and paperback.
My wife’s verdict after reading it? “I didn’t think you could do it. But you did. It’s a really good story.”